Front wheel passenger side metal knock

Tiny
AZDANNO04
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  • 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT
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When I am turning or going over a bump. I checked the CV boots and saw the tie rods and the bushing were coming apart. If I don't need to replace the entire rod. Can't I just replace the bushings?
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Friday, May 13th, 2022 AT 4:51 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

Can you clarify if you are talking about a torn CV boot or a tie rod bushing?

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/clicking-sound

If you have a torn CV boot, you will have grease all over the components. And yes, that can be replaced without changing out the CV axle. However, if has been torn for a while it is possible to have damage to the CV joint that the boot covers and in that case, it will need to be replaced.
I have attached the boot replacement procedure below.

Also, there are quick boots that can be purchased and installed without removing the CV shaft to save time (see the last picture for reference).

Let me know of any questions.

Thank you.
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Saturday, May 14th, 2022 AT 12:27 PM
Tiny
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Tie rod bushings.
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Tuesday, May 17th, 2022 AT 1:13 PM
Tiny
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The tie rod end bushing comes with the tie rod and and gets replaced as a unit.
See attached replacement procedure.
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Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 AT 2:44 PM
Tiny
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I'm sorry, I keep getting those mixed up tie rods ends with the Sway bar end links.
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Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 AT 11:06 PM
Tiny
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That bolts on the strut and bolts on the sway bar.
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Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 AT 11:06 PM
Tiny
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No problem. The sway bar links are easy to replace. See attached.
Thank you.
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Friday, May 20th, 2022 AT 3:30 PM
Tiny
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I was told when I receive the new bushing to place it in the freezer that way it's easier to install?
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Sunday, June 5th, 2022 AT 5:15 AM
Tiny
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Putting it in the freezer will make it stiffer. Not sure that will actually help.
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Sunday, June 5th, 2022 AT 8:39 AM
Tiny
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I have a few large sockets to try to press it in.
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Sunday, June 5th, 2022 AT 9:31 AM
Tiny
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Let me know how it turns out.
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Sunday, June 5th, 2022 AT 3:50 PM
Tiny
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The old bushing was pretty much gone, and the center piece was only there because of the bolt. Just used a mini sledgehammer and a block of aluminum to hit along the edges to knock out the old bushing. Tried using a ball joint pressing tool and had gotten it in but as I relieved the pressure it just came right back out. Luckily, I knew a friend who has a machine press that was quick and easy to install. Just the bushing was moving from the top center piece not allowing me to push the bolt through. Had to remove the top tie rod and Caliber bracket and Caliber and rotor to be able to get more motion to get the top portion. Al
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Saturday, June 11th, 2022 AT 6:32 AM
Tiny
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Thank you for the update. This is helpful information.
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Saturday, June 11th, 2022 AT 10:29 AM

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